6. Tacca chantrieri André DIOSCOREACEAE

One of the so-called ‘bat flowers’, with brownish flowers surrounded by pairs of paler, petal-like bracts and drooping, thread-like bracteoles. This species occurs from Meghalaya and Nagaland in India, southwards and eastwards to China and Peninsular Malaysia where it occurs in damp habitats in primary and secondary forests up to an altitude of 1400 metres. In Thailand its young leaves and inflorescences are eaten in curries and its rhizomes used medicinally. It is named after a member of the Chantrier family, nurserymen of Mortefontaine, a town north-east of Paris.

Watercolour of Tacca chantrieri by Eve Reid Bennett

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19951575
    Scientific Name:Tacca chantrieri André
    Family:Dioscoreaceae
    Genus:Tacca
    Epithet:chantrieri
    Collector:Reid, Allister & Fernie, John
    Year:1995
    Origin:Inner China, Korea and Taiwan:Yunnan:Xishuangbanna Dai Aut. Pref.:Xishuangbanna Mengla Nature Reserve
    Elevation:550m
    Plant:19951575A
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/G56/0210
    Plant:19951575B
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
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     Location: 55.967435418,-3.206965435